Round 14 of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship takes Brawn GP to the Far East for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, the first of two back-to-back races with the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka following just one week later. Formula...
Round 14 of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship takes Brawn GP to the Far East for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, the first of two back-to-back races with the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka following just one week later.
Formula One's first night race in Singapore last year was a resounding success with the floodlights lighting up the track and the city skyline to provide a spectacular and atmospheric race weekend. The 20:00 race start time will see the track and pit lane once again lit with 1500 light projectors situated four metres apart and 10 metres above the ground.
The 5.067km Marina Bay Street Circuit is made up entirely of public roads with an anti-clockwise layout and an abundance of first and second gear bends included in the 23 corners of the lap. The stop-start nature of the track results in a low average lap speed of just 175kph and sees the cars running with maximum levels of aerodynamic downforce.
Brawn GP's cars will be running with additional Canon branding this weekend as part of the team's partnership with Canon Singapore.
ROSS BRAWN, TEAM PRINCIPAL
Q. What are your thoughts ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix?
"Formula One's first night race in Singapore last year was a fantastic occasion which was greatly enjoyed by the drivers, teams and fans. The spectacle of running on a barrier-lined street circuit under the floodlights really caught the imagination and provided a weekend that Formula One and the Singapore Grand Prix organisers should be very proud of. It's a venue which everyone at Brawn GP is looking forward to returning to this week. The team and our drivers performed extremely well in Monza to achieve a one-two finish at the last race and we will be hoping to carry that momentum through to Singapore. We have a significant aerodynamic upgrade for the BGP 001 for this weekend which should bring another good step in performance for the final races of the season. The nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit is tight, twisty and very narrow in places with many first and second gear corners resulting in low average speeds so we will be running the car in a high aerodynamic downforce configuration."
Q. What did you think of your first experience of the Singapore Grand Prix last year?
"Last year's Singapore Grand Prix was an amazing experience and it really was one of the highlights of the year. Driving under the lights was great fun and the visibility was pretty good although some corners such as turns one and five were a bit dark which made it more difficult to judge your braking distances. The Marina Bay Street Circuit is pretty challenging and although it has a stop-start layout which isn't usually my favourite type of circuit, I still enjoyed driving it. As last year, we will stay on European timing for the race weekend which means staying awake throughout the night and sleeping most of the day to ensure that we are alert and the body is ready to react in the right way for the evening timetable. I spent some time at the factory last week driving the circuit on our simulator which helps with the track layout, gears and downforce levels so we are well prepared and looking forward to arriving in Singapore and getting the weekend underway."
Q. Are you looking forward to returning to Singapore?
"The first Formula One night race in Singapore was very exciting last year and I'm really looking forward to returning this week. It's always good to have new challenges and racing under the lights for the first time certainly provided that. I really enjoyed the circuit as it felt like a proper street circuit should with public roads, bumps, barriers and passing some of the famous city landmarks. It's very narrow in places and you can feel quite enclosed particularly with the bright floodlights shining down. It's a very slow track so you need a high downforce aerodynamic configuration on the car and with so many corners, you have to maintain your concentration at all times. I've had a great time over the last month with two victories so we've got some good momentum behind us going into the final four races of the season. I can't wait to get back in the car and get on with the challenge."
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